Papaver We cringed when we first heard this name—surely another example of the hyperbole of those shameless variety-namers. Not this time. Everything its name suggests, including having its photograph all over the internet. Petals are shaded with deep purple and violet near the center which morphs to vivid raspberry toward the edges, then deeply cut with irregular pointy fringes. Yellow-green centers with prominent creamy-yellow anthers accentuate the 4–5" flower. Depending on your point of view, gorgeous, hideous or somewhere in between, but undeniably dramatic. 3' tall. Annual. Supply limited. ①
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Annual. Sensuous luxurious flowers, about 2½–3' tall. Poppies make wondrous cutflowers: choose buds that have straightened up but not quite opened. Immediately sear the cut stem with a flame and put in water. Poppies open after several hours—an austere bouquet in the evening can become a riot of colors the next morning.
Culture: Need light to germinate. Sow outside in spring after frost or sow in fall for early blooms the following summer. Thin to 9–12". Like full sun. Will self sow. ~1,400 to 4,500 seeds/g.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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